Explore South Carolina’s Hammock Coast Communities
Stretching along the Atlantic seaboard sits a 90-mile stretch of beaches and quiet marshes known as South Carolina’s Hammock Coast. Sandwiched between Charleston’s elegant Southern charm and Myrtle Beach’s excitement, this tranquil stretch of Low Country provides a serene place where vacationers enjoy laid-back living and coastal scenery. Read on to learn about the Hammock Coast communities.
Hammock Coast Overview: Vacation Spots and Things to Do
Hammock Coast Communities
The Hammock Coast takes its name from the classic cotton string hammocks first made on Pawleys Island, and they are still hand-woven by the “Hammock Man,” Marvin Grant. When visiting Pawleys Island — located 20 minutes south of Murrells Inlet — stop by The Original Hammock Shop where guests can pick up hammocks to take home.
The Hammock Coast area consists of six communities: Andrews, Garden City, Georgetown, Litchfield Beach, Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. Each community offers their own small-town charm and attractions, welcoming longtime stays and short trips.
Beach-goers will enjoy spacious beaches in Garden City, while history buffs will want to check out the buildings and structures in Georgetown. Litchfield Beach and Pawley’s Island welcome outdoor enthusiasts, or try fresh seafood in Murrells Inlet, a small fishing village. No matter which city visitors pass through, they’ll find dozens of places to eat and shop.
Families visiting the Hammock Coast will also find things to do. In Murrells Inlet, visit the Lowcountry Zoo. The attraction welcomes guests to learn about conservation, see rescued animals and meet the ones that call the zoo home. A few natives include alligators, gray and red foxes, birds of prey, otters and deer.
Huntington Beach State Park also offers wildlife viewing opportunities. In addition, visitors can swim, fish, kayak and relax on the beaches. Other popular family activities include tours, strolling the marshwalks and boardwalks, and shopping for souvenirs. Pets and children are also welcome to play at East Bay Park in Georgetown, which has a playground, picnic areas and water features.